This hospital has never turned a single patient away
“I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations.”– from the Hippocratic Oath.
60 year old Savitaben (name changed) just underwent heart surgery, which cost Rs. 6 lakhs.
72-year old Ashwin Shah (name changed) had his prostrate removed as Cancer was detected in the same, which cost Rs. 4 lakhs.
Himal Patel (name changed) had Cataract Surgery on both eyes, costing Rs. 2 lakhs totally.
All of them were fortunate enough to avail of the best treatment from the Shree Krishna Hospital in Anand as they could afford the same.
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How it all began
“How do you build a lasting legacy? Not with bricks and mortar, but by setting men’s hearts on fire with the passion of your vision.” – Henry Longfellow
That a man in his 70s, an age when most men retire to a quiet, easy life, can dream of setting up a medical institution is remarkable. That a man can actually achieve such a dream, brick by brick, and against all odds, is even more remarkable.
But then Dr. H M Patel, or HM as he was affectionately known, was no ordinary person.
A glimpse into the lives changed
Charutar Arogya Mandal’s mission is to provide quality healthcare for people from all strata of society. Which is why it comes as no surprise to see the not-so-well-off juxtaposed against their state-of-the-art premises, as ones walks through this spacious hospital.
On my visit, I chatted with family members of some beneficiaries admitted to the hospital. Their stories are truly heartbreaking but at the same time, speak volumes of the importance and need of Charutar Arogya Mandal’s service to them.
I first met with the parents of 2.5 year old Jaydeep, who have been coming to the hospital for almost a year now for Jaydeep’s treatment. When he was less than a year old, Jaydeep got a fever which kept recurring every 10 days. After many doctors and many sets of medication, they were advised to visit Charutar Arogya Mandal. It is here that the doctors diagnosed him with Leukemia. Jaydeep’s dad is a daily-wage labourer, so needless to say, his income is not enough to spend on chemotherapy and the like.